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The written word

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Poetry Discussion Group: No experience necessary; copies of the poems provided. 12 noon - 2 p.m. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information:

Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO Food Choices - Whole Food and Fiber: This class with Robin Mathathias will focus on eating whole foods, identifying processed foods, and incorporating more fiber in the diet by making simple changes in our daily food choices. We will also read and interpret ingredient labels. Bring in your own food labels for us to decipher!. 1 - 3 p.m. Free for all. Brattleboro Food Co-op Cooking Classroom, 7 Canal St. Registration required: 802-246-2821,


PUTNEY Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez Concert/Dance Party - Rock n' Soul: Known as "The Beehive Queen" for her mile-high hairdo, Christine and the Saturday Night Live Band sang at SNL's 25th Anniversary telecast, Bob Dylan's 30th Anniversary bash at The Garden (w/ George Harrison, Chrissie Hynde), the 2009 Obama Inaugural Gala in Washington, D.C., The Lincoln Center "American Songbook" series w/ Sting and Lou Reed, and the Central Park Summerstage Tribute To Janis Joplin (fronting Big Brother & The Holding Co. and the Kozmic Blues Band). 7:30 p.m. $18 ($22 at door). Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Information: 802-387-0102; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Farmers' markets

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Winter Farmers' Market: Weekly diverse indoor farmers market. Local farm produce, meats, syrup, fresh baked goods, local cheeses, fruits, cider, pickles, preserves, handmade jewelry, pottery, soaps, and more. Lunch menu and live music with Gravel Road. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Saturdays (music: 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the cafe). Bring shopping bags or buy ours. Through Saturday, March 28. C. F. Church Building, 80 Flat St. Information: 802-869-2141,,

Kids and families

BRATTLEBORO New England Center for Circus Arts Open House: Whether you're already putting your foot behind your head or you’ve got two left feet, NECCA is here to help, and welcomes beginners. Try activities out before committing to a session of classes. Play on aerial silks, learn to juggle, balance on a wire, hang on a low trapeze, and explore New England's only custom-built circus facility. The combination of stretching and strengthening helps with balance and muscle tone for bodies of all ages. NECCA is an internationally recognized circus school known for innovative teaching, coaches at the top of their field, a welcoming and inclusive community, and dedication to providing training that's catered to the individual. 12 noon - 2 p.m. Ages 18 months through adulthood. Staff on hand leading activity stations are available to answer any questions. Free except for Flying Trapeze ($10 for one turn or $20 for three turns. Ages 5 and up). New England Center for Circus Arts (Trapezium), 10 Town Crier Dr. Information: 802-254-9780,


BRATTLEBORO Food Choice Series with Robin Matathias: This is a series of classes which explores the connection between our food choices, food production systems, and their impacts on both human and environmental health. Each day we make decisions about what to eat, and this simple daily act can have profound outcomes. These classes will teach you which food choices can lead to optimal human health while having the least environmental impact. Learn how to evaluate water use, land requirements, energy use, and waste production to assess the ecological footprint and sustainability of our daily food–consumption decisions. We will also sample many delicious foods. 1 - 3 p.m. (Continues 1/11, 1/18, 1/25, 2/1). Free for all. Brattleboro Food Co-op Cooking Classroom, 7 Canal St. Registration required: 802-246 2821,

Community building

VERNON Monthly Coffee with Coffey - Sara Coffey, VT U.S., State Rep., Windham 1: Vermont's 2020 legislative session is set to start on January 7th, and Coffey would like to hear from you. 10-11 a.m. first Sat. of every month. Also, you can fill out a survey about major topics under consideration at the State House so Coffey knows where you stand: Free. Vernon Free Library, 567 Governor Hunt Rd. Information:


GUILFORD Balkan Cafe: International music, traditional dance, and food. Join in the dancing, listen to the music, or just hang out and enjoy! Easy, beginner-friendly dances will be scattered throughout the afternoon dance party, preceded by a free beginner workshop. All levels welcome. Live music for the dance party by Panharmonium. 3 - 3:45 p.m. Beginner Workshop (recorded music), 4 - 6:30 p.m. Dance Party (live music). $12 suggested donation. Broad Brook Community Center, 3940 Guilford Center Rd. Information: 802-257-9513,



January 2020